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    2016 Salsa Marrakesh flatbar frameset, BBSHD, Alfine 8 IGH

    Initial Specs: 68mm motor, 68mm bottom bracket

    My first build was a 2016 Priority Eight with a BBSHD motor. The aluminum frame and/or frame geometry was not great heavily loaded, so I found a never-built 2016 Salsa Marrakesh steel frameset to swap over to. I'll need to find/fabricate some sort of downtube shifter boss cable guides. It has a 68mm BB and supposedly can clear a 700c 50mm tire:

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    There are/were two versions of the Marrakesh - flat bar and drop bar. The flat bar version has a significantly longer wheelbase, reach and top tube than the drop bar version.

    I do like the 135mm swing dropouts - as with the Paragon plates, thru axle and Rohloff replacement plates are available:



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    The drivetrain should be boringly straight-forward - a 68mm BBSHD and Luna two-piece Eclipse 42 chainring should line right up with the Alfine 8 offset 1/8" 20T sprocket. I may need to consider some low-end bump cushioning and a seat bag for a spare tire/tubes/CO2.

    To be continued.
    Last edited by ncrkd; 1 week ago.
    2nd build, 2018 Crust Scapegoat, BBS02 or BBSHD, Rohloff IGH
    3rd build, 2018 Crust Evasion step-thru, BBS02, Shimano Nexus INTER-3 IGH
    4th build, 2016 Salsa Marrakesh flatbar frameset, BBSHD, Alfine 8 IGH
    Other, Electronic throttle lock

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    #2
    Nice frame, huge triangle and great dropouts.

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      #3
      Thanks, I hope it works out - I got it at what I feel is a good (leftover) price of $375. Right now, my thinking is that it will replace my first (Priority Eight) build which is pretty limited tire size-wise, unstable at speed / loaded heavy, and not right for my shortish legs / long torso.
      Last edited by ncrkd; 02-19-2019, 03:40 PM.
      2nd build, 2018 Crust Scapegoat, BBS02 or BBSHD, Rohloff IGH
      3rd build, 2018 Crust Evasion step-thru, BBS02, Shimano Nexus INTER-3 IGH
      4th build, 2016 Salsa Marrakesh flatbar frameset, BBSHD, Alfine 8 IGH
      Other, Electronic throttle lock

      Visit the forum knowledge base

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        #4
        Function Over Fashion

        I'm a function over fashion person ... mostly. I say "mostly" because, for example, I like carved billet over cast aluminum, if only for the looks. I believe machines can be artistic, by design. Motorcycles and boats often are, as part of the expression. A artist friend I had didn't buy into this idea at all, and she always separated the two worlds.

        On the other hand the machine pieces have to have a function - as in, "do or provide something", and not be purely cosmetic.

        So I've got this baby blue frame, and I'm gonna go out of my "function" comfort zone and make an attempt to add some appeasing "purty" colors outside of our usual, black or silver (grays). To hopefully help my hopeless ineptitude in this arena, I took an eyedropper sample of the frame color (in white light, shades of #338CD3), and jammed it into a online color scheme generator.

        To start, red (as defined by the color scheme) fenders are on the way ...
        Last edited by ncrkd; 03-01-2019, 12:39 PM.
        2nd build, 2018 Crust Scapegoat, BBS02 or BBSHD, Rohloff IGH
        3rd build, 2018 Crust Evasion step-thru, BBS02, Shimano Nexus INTER-3 IGH
        4th build, 2016 Salsa Marrakesh flatbar frameset, BBSHD, Alfine 8 IGH
        Other, Electronic throttle lock

        Visit the forum knowledge base

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          #5
          Okay, I threw some more parts at this build, and now it rolls. I added the Salsa-specific rear rack, which bolts up to the upper swing dropout bolts. Again, not much mystery or surprise here, and still a work in progress:
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          I ran out of black wire ties, and don't know of a source for baby blue ones. This frame is annoyingly free of cable mount braze-ons, so I've had to wing it:
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          Here's the cockpit layout, with both a eggrider and a DCP14 - temporarily, while I get used to the eggrider - which will go on the Scapegoat build, eventually. The bars and stem will go silver, soon:


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          The front rotor is currently 180mm, till I figure out whether the fork can sustain a 203mm without failure (Salsa says no):


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          I had to add about 1.5mm worth of (steel) spacers, to keep the gear housing off the chain stay. The gearing is 42/20 to start, 1/8 chain. The chainline up front is approx 48mm (nominal for Shimano Alfine 8 IGH is 45):


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          The swing dropout plates were swapped to the Rohloff, fender eyelet versions:



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          Love the rack - no clearance issues with the dropouts and rear brake caliper:
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          Last edited by ncrkd; 03-10-2019, 11:31 AM.
          2nd build, 2018 Crust Scapegoat, BBS02 or BBSHD, Rohloff IGH
          3rd build, 2018 Crust Evasion step-thru, BBS02, Shimano Nexus INTER-3 IGH
          4th build, 2016 Salsa Marrakesh flatbar frameset, BBSHD, Alfine 8 IGH
          Other, Electronic throttle lock

          Visit the forum knowledge base

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            #6
            Altered the look to be slightly more colorful, slightly retro and vintage ... well that was the intent anyway. Added Tanaka 47mm red fenders from Soma Fabrications combined with some Planet Bike mounting hardware, Schwalbe whitewall 700 x 40c tires, and converted a few bits of black hardware to silver:


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            Last edited by ncrkd; 03-13-2019, 09:23 AM.
            2nd build, 2018 Crust Scapegoat, BBS02 or BBSHD, Rohloff IGH
            3rd build, 2018 Crust Evasion step-thru, BBS02, Shimano Nexus INTER-3 IGH
            4th build, 2016 Salsa Marrakesh flatbar frameset, BBSHD, Alfine 8 IGH
            Other, Electronic throttle lock

            Visit the forum knowledge base

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              #7
              Love the color. Apparently we have similar tastes.

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